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03/11/11
Courtesy of Richmond County Daily Journal Wednesday, Congressman Larry Kissell (NC-08) met with representatives of over twenty industrial fabric manufacturers, including many North Carolina companies, to highlight the effects of U.S. trade policies on American manufacturing. The meeting kicked off a day of campaigning against bad trade policies, including the upcoming Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, expected to be presented to Congress soon.
03/11/11
By Dustin Ensinger, Economy in Crisis. If the federal government won’t do it, the states will. Many state and local governments are developing their own domestic procurement policies since the federal government has failed to implement a true nationwide buy American policy, according to an ABC News report. In many cases, it has provided a significant boost to their economies. The report found that, through 2009, 21 states have developed domestic procurement policies.
03/11/11
Four million visitors annually flock to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to view such priceless national treasures as the top hat Abraham Lincoln wore the night of his assassination and a military uniform donned by George Washington. But miniature busts of the iconic presidents for sale in one of the museum’s gift shops come with a distinctly un-American inscription: “crafted in China.”
03/11/11
“Beef – It’s what’s for dinner” is the tagline of a long-running ad campaign by the beef industry to encourage more domestic consumption. Beef is also the main course of a new trade pact between the U.S. and Korea and the politics behind this dispute are as juicy as some top tenderloin.
03/10/11
Courtesy of Agri-Pulse Communications ST. LOUIS, MO. March 8 – U.S. poultry and livestock farmers provide more than just meat, milk, eggs and other food. They also produce jobs, generate property tax revenues and contribute to household incomes. A new report by Promar International shows that poultry and livestock industries produced 1.8 million jobs, and contributed $252 billion in U.S. gross domestic production on an annual basis. Livestock and poultry also contributed $41 billion to U.S. household incomes, increasing income by $3 billion over the past 10 years, according to the study.
03/10/11
By Ian Swanson, The Hill Trade tensions between the White House and Republicans burst into the public on Wednesday as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) threatened to hold up an agreement with South Korea. Hatch said President Obama’s highly touted deal with South Korea, which has won support from both parties, the business community and labor groups, will not win consideration from Republicans unless it is paired with more controversial deals with Colombia and Panama.
03/10/11
By Dava Castillo, Courtesy of AllVoices Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday requested the U.S. Congress to approve the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed in November 2006. The agreement would strengthened economic ties between the U.S. and Colombia by eliminating tariffs and other barriers to goods and services and expand trade.
03/10/11
Editorial from The Bennington Banner During every recession since 1980, the call has gone out to buy American products, rather than imported goods, as a way to chop down our chronic trade deficit and save American jobs. Guess what: That movement is back stronger than ever, and this time, it seems millions of consumers are finally taking the message seriously. That's a good thing.
03/09/11
The pundits and talking heads pontificating about the ruckus in Madison are missing a fundamental point. This standoff is not about Democrats and Republicans. The real fight is about jobs.
03/09/11
By Shannon Frazer, Kentucky Kernel Let’s get some things straight: Supporting a global economy, encouraging fair and free trade and outsourcing to provide employment opportunities to people abroad can all be good things. But there is a point when we as Americans have to realize the impact the government, corporations and even our own buying behaviors have on our domestic economy.

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